Category: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda has come a long way since its original release in 1986, and since then the games have only improved as time as gone on. New gaming consoles, better graphics, a wider variety of music, and more have come to make what we know and love about our favorite Zelda games. In the past I have personally written and discussed my favorite Zelda games and why, as have many of the staff here, but today I want…

There is an eternal truth that I have been taught over and over again in my short 28 years: life is hard. But sometimes I look back at past dark times in my life and wonder, “How on earth did I get through that?” Whether it’s been falling in the seemingly bottomless pit of anxiety and depression, getting caught in the crossfire and repercussions of my brother’s heroin addiction, dealing with a chronic illness that ups the difficulty level of…

Now that Skyward Sword HD has hit the store shelves, newcomers to the series will get a chance to play a Zelda game with a rather unique art style. Skyward Sword took the cartoonish color palette of its ancestor The Wind Waker and merged it with the more realistically proportioned model designs of its immediate predecessor on the Wii, Twilight Princess. The end result was an oil-painting aesthetic that reminds me heavily of Tigger’s Honey Hunt back on the Nintendo 64. This storybook design…

Have you ever imagined what Link and Zelda might be like in our modern world? What subjects would Link and Zelda enjoy in high school or college? How would these two character meet each other without some grand adventure to get their story rolling? This animation by the YouTuber shar gives an adorable answer to that question. The video opens with Link blocking a soccer ball headed like a rocket straight for Zelda. The slow motion focus on the incoming…

Throughout the series, we’ve seen Princess Zelda in various stages of her life. From a poised, young ruler in Twilight Princess to an inquisitive and adventurous teenager tasked with protecting her kingdom in Breath of the Wild, Princess Zelda’s incarnations paint a fully realized picture of the character and her dedication to the people of Hyrule. Ocarina of Time was notable in portraying Zelda at two different points in her life — as a child and a teenager, and how…

I don’t think it’s crazy at this point to make the argument that Breath of the Wild has the best character and creature design of the entire franchise. It’s unique enough to stand against the likes of The Wind Waker’s cel-shaded aesthetic or the watercolor approach of Skyward Sword, and while the art style of Breath of the Wild has been celebrated through physical means in the forms of amiibo, statues, etc., it’s typically been focused primarily on the characters rather than the creatures. Sure,…

I remember that, when I was a child, my cousins had Mario Golf on the Nintendo 64, and it was one of the few games my uncle would play with us. A few years later, my dad bought Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour alongside Mario Kart: Double Dash; it was always in the rotation of multiplayer games that we’d gather to play. It didn’t really bother me that each hole was a level in and of itself back then. But it seems…

I have so many fond memories of playing Breath of the Wild for the first time. Some memories, like stepping out onto the Great Plateau and exploring a Divine Beast for the first time, are probably a given for a lot of players. But I also have a lot of smaller, simpler memories of the game that don’t involve the story or characters at all. As soon as I unlocked the sidequest for Link’s House, I was obsessed with completing…

Lurelin Village is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Hyrule. The tropical village, which debuted in Breath of the Wild, is a wonderful place for the player to sit back and relax. Tucked away on the coastline of East Necluda, the village includes a thriving fish market and a fishing resort. With houses reminiscent of the ones seen in The Wind Waker and the real life region of Oceania, the village is one of the most memorable…

Whether or not you are a fan of the direction Breath of the Wild took the Zelda series, most players agree that the game has a beautiful looking world to explore. Link can have countless little adventures as he delves into every nook and cranny of the game map. The search for Shrines and Koroks can take the player through so many picturesque locations. There is, of course, a melancholy aspect to the land. The vast and ruined Hyrule is…